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Nick B -

Love it. Thanks.

Willem -

On OSX, as the PHP screenshot illustrates, it's a wonderful font, but it doesn't play well with XP's Cleartype:

http://pliv.com/show/loose/inconsolata_code.png

The blur is quite extreme. I've never seen a font that ignores hinting this much.

Steven Garrity -

Willem, that PHP screenshot is actually from the terminal (Gnome Terminal) on Fedora 7 Linux.

You're right about the XP rendering. That is pretty blurry. At least it's open-source, so it might get better.

Jason -

Certainly an excellent font but it could stand for a little tweaking: 'a slashed zero and the position of the horizontal bar on the lower-case f dropped to stop the blurring at 9/10 points'. How handy that someone's done both things!

http://damieng.com/blog/2006/11/28/inconsolatadg-slashed-zeros

Garrett Murray -

Not too bad, but I still prefer Bistream. I've been using it for about a year and a half now and love it.

http://www.gnome.org/fonts/

Charles Pritchett -

That's a nice font, I don't know how I'd deal without a slashed zero though. I've been using the Proggy series of fonts for a couple of years now and they've made using something like Courier all but impossible for me now.

http://www.proggyfonts.com/index.php?menu=download

I suppose it's more of a habit of what I'm used to looking at now more than anything else.

Sérgio Carvalho -

It's nice, but I still prefer my current font, ProggyClean:
http://www.proggyfonts.com/index.php?menu=download

You may want to take a look. It might not look so nice, but plays much better with small font sizes. It's very readable at 12pt with lots of info onscreen.

dan diemer -

"...thought the defaults..." should read "...though the defaults..."

sorry for the public correction.

TL -

I like Monaco for a programming font.

Mark Gibbins -

I've started working on hinting Inconsolata for TrueType/ClearType. No more blurry pants.

Get it here: http://mark.kiidesign.com/inconsolata.html

rotem -

fairly good, but I still prefer Bistream but worth trying

Nick Bridge -

I can't get the OpenType version of the font to import into Hummingbird Exceed. Anyone managed this, or know why?

DG -

Have downloaded this font from 2 sources-both refuse to install-50% installation then message font file may be damaged.

Neel -

Please...... can anyone tell me if there's a modified version for windows?

This font looks all washed-out on XP..... maybe someone changed it to look better in windows?

Mike Steel -

Many thanks for the information about the freely available fonts, i read your blog every week and find interesting informations!

Neel -

Found it !! Inconsolata - Properly Hinted for Windows

This is a ttf file that looks a lot better than the original Inconsolata on my XP machine.

http://pgl.yoyo.org/bits/tech/inconsolata-cleartype-raph-leviens-inconsolota-font-hinted-for-windows/51:2008-09-25/

Uninstall the original one before installing this.

Codeur -

The previously mentioned hinted inconsolata had hinting problems with odd sizes and for bold. A correctly hinted Inconsolata ttf has now been uploaded by Dave Crossland to the Google font repository:
http://code.google.com/p/googlefontdirectory/source/browse/inconsolata/?r=fffda675769720a297f4d239e7065f751bbe655f

The new font works well for me at all sizes and formats with Cleartype under XP.

Neel -

Thank U, Codeur !!! The version you pointed to works superb on my XP machine.

One point, though -- I had to install Mercurial to download the font from Google font repository. Does anyone know of a better way?

Codeur -

Neel, I realised later that there is an easier way to access the Google font repository.
For all fonts, go to http://www.google.com/webfonts. You can examine and download the fonts from there.
To download Inconsolata hinted without installing mercurial, use http://googlefontdirectory.googlecode.com/hg/inconsolata/Inconsolata.ttf .